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I don't want to reinvent the wheel here so ....

I've been using Family Tree Maker for donkey's years but I don't think it will do what I want it to. I want to make a large family tree of my direct ancestors and drop their photos into boxes. (I keep my photos separate from my tree) Name and lifespan added. I don't want to use or FamilySearch. I want something decorative in the end, not just a chart.

Any ideas?

Gen in NBL UK

World War Two / WW2 - wounded in Italy March 1945
« on: Wednesday 01 April 20 15:16 BST (UK)  »
My father was wounded in Italy during WW2. From his military file he was  "wounded (BC) 3 Mar 1945     W3016     at?   13 Mar 1945". He told me it had happened as he was crouching over a field wireless and got shrapnel in his back and side. His brother told me he recuperated on light duties guarding Italian POW for about a year. But in 1955 back in England, he had more shrapnel taken out of his side, they were very jagged pieces of rusty metal so I think they must have been from a shell.

He had been transferred to the 6th Batt. of the Cheshire Regiment on 11th June 1944, from the Northumberland Fusiliers.

From several sources, I think he was in the far north of Italy by this time but I'm not sure. The Imperial War Museum book about WW2 in Italy misses out any happenings around 3 Mar 1945.

Could anyone tell me what the Cheshires were doing between June 1944-March 1945? And where they were in Italy?

Gen in NBL England

Technical Help / Is it still worth downloading Gedstar app to my phone?
« on: Sunday 19 January 20 06:41 GMT (UK)  »
Years ago when I had a Palm Pilot, I used the Gedstar app to view my family tree on the move and without an internet connection.

Now I have a new phone with bells and whistles and I've thought about an app for family tree use. Gedstar still gets a very good review but their website has a flash about

For various technical reasons, there will be no further development on the GedStar Pro products. However, the current versions will remain available as long as they continue to work on both the Windows and Android platforms.
Thank you for your support over the years on our journey from Palm Pilots to the latest Android devices!

So is it still worth using this app? Or is there a successor to Gedstar that delivers the same goods?

Gen in NBL UK

The Lighter Side / How long before "dirty rotters" in my family got presumed dead?
« on: Friday 22 November 19 17:07 GMT (UK)  »
I have a  father and son in my family who both deserted their wives and started new lives in Canada and USA, the son remarried bigamously. The father disappeared off the face of the earth or changed his  name!

The father:
Edward Emerson FENWICK was a wine and spirit merchant in Newcastle upon Tyne.
1859 bankrupt
1861 census GONE but wife described as Married. Ten children!
1865 in USA?
1871 wife calling herself a widow
1875 newspaper adverts in USA saying he was in Illinois or Michigan about 1865, please write to son in Newcastle
1879-ish his eldest son Henry Cuthbertson FENWICK did the same trick, went off to Canada leaving? his wife behind and married again in Canada in 1889 bigamously. 6 children by bigamous marriage.

I have loads of info of the son and his new family in Canada but nothing about his father's death.

What was the process back then for getting your spouse presumed dead and getting your hands on any assets he might have left behind.

Gen in NBL England

Northumberland / New Delaval school photo
« on: Wednesday 06 November 19 16:25 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone have a photo of this school? I've seen Peter Loud's photos but would like to see an earlier one, possibly 1900-1930?

Gen in NBL UK

Northumberland / The Jordans of Holystone/Harbottle/Alwinton early 1700's
« on: Sunday 03 November 19 11:12 GMT (UK)  »
Is anyone related to these Jordans? They were a Roman Catholic family whose members were noted in the Biddleston Hall RC chapel records. Biddleston Hall was the home of the RC Selby family for centuries.

Gen in NBL UK

Northumberland / Newcastle cemetery records
« on: Sunday 28 July 19 19:39 BST (UK)  »
Previously I've looked at Newcastle cemetery records (cemeteries NOT church graveyards) at TWAS. I've just seen on the NDFHS website that Newcastle City Library " Holds microfilms of cemetery records for Newcastle upon Tyne. "

Is that correct?

Gen in NBL UK

Technical Help / Tablet for archive research?
« on: Monday 20 May 19 20:45 BST (UK)  »
I used to have a great little ASUS notebook that went all over the world with me. When it died of exhaustion, I tried to find something similar but technology had left notebooks behind and tablets were the thing. I bought a laptop instead.

Now I am finding it too heavy to lug it around everywhere especially as it needs charging after 1 and a 1/2 hours. The charger is a universal replacement and weighs a ton.

I run Windows 10 and FTM 2017 on my laptop so I would need something compatible. Also, I would like a keyboard with the tablet and a much longer battery charge.

Any ideas anyone?
P/S  I have a SamsungGalaxy mobile, my 4th!

Gen in NBL UK

Aberdeenshire / Aberdeen city and those elusive EDWARDS baptisms!
« on: Tuesday 26 March 19 17:46 GMT (UK)  »
This is a problem that I go back to regularly but it's good to shake the tree regularly!

William EDWARDS was born around 1824 in Aberdeen.
No baptism found!
He was apprenticed as a confectioner on the 1841 census at Littlejohn Street.
In 1843 he married at St Nicholas Aberdeen, ceremony performed by a Dissenting Clergyman Rev John Kennedy? No name of father given.
He was very young when he married and probably didn't finish his apprenticeship. The family took themselves off to Edinburgh then onwards to Newcastle upon Tyne where they stayed put.
None of their 7 children were baptised. Ive searched everything online for William or any of his childrens baptisms, Church of Scotland, C of E and non-Conformist in Newcastle. Nothing.

William's first child was called Fergus Fergusson EDWARDS. We thought he might have been named after Rev Fergus Fergusson an Episcopalian minister at St Pauls Aberdeen. So far I've reached a dead end on that one, Register House in Edinburgh know nothing about St Pauls records!

It has been surmised that Williams family was from a minor non-Conformist congregation of which there are no baptism records.....the trail goes cold.

BUT there are other EDWARDS men in Newcastle of the same age and born in Aberdeen who were baptised and they are sons of an Aberdonian, Simpson EDWARDS a grocer/provision dealer/beer retailer.

William Edwards the Elusive once gave his name as William Simpson EDWARDS and other times as William Philip EDWARDS. But as the children of Simpson EDWARDS on either side of Williams birth ARE baptised in Aberdeen, why was he not? And was he indeed the son of Simpson EDWARDS?

I have recently taken a DNA test and am hoping this might be a way int this problem but are there any other places I can look? Would there be apprenticeship records in Aberdeen?

Gen in NBL England

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